Free music returns to Bynum, Weaver Street, other venues

May. 01, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

The annual Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series begins today when Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends play at 7 p.m. at Bynum General Store.

This four-piece string band from Chapel Hill fuses the music of Appalachia with Americana. The summer lineup also includes bluegrass, jazz, old time music, rhythm and blues, gospel, West African traditional music and other styles.
All the Friday Night Music Series performances run from 7 to 9 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road. Although tickets are not required, a hat is passed and a $5 to $7 donation is encouraged to compensate the performers. Barney’s Famous Hot Dogs & Snacks and Little Dippers Italian Ice will be on site to provide cool drinks and tasty treats.
The music series began in 2001 to bring people to Bynum and help sustain the Bynum General Store and Post Office. Unable to make a profit, the general store’s operator eventually closed the business in 2006. The community later banded together and created the Bynum Front Porch organization, a nonprofit group that continues to produce the music series as well as other family-friendly events.
In addition to the music series, Bynum Front Porch still hosts the Bynum Front Porch Pickin’ the second and fourth Saturdays each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the store. These bluegrass sessions are open to musicians and singers of all ages and skill levels as well as to those who just want to enjoy the entertainment.
For information, visit Here is the complete schedule.
Today. Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends
May 9. Bluegrass Battleship
May 16. City Folk
May 23. Rootzie
May 30. Bobby Gales and New Direction
June 6. Boys From Carolina
June 13. Durham Ukulele Orchestra
June 20. Too Much Fun
June 27. Rebecca Todd and the Odyssey
July 11. Bluegrass Experience
July 18. Southern Blend Band
July. 25 Khalat Africa
August 1. Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band
August 8. John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff
August 15. Squier Red and the Blues Band
August 22. Blue Star Travelers
August 29. Zambamboogee

Here are some other free concerts series in the area:
The Carolina Inn’s free concert series, Fridays on the Front Porch, continues its 12th season. All concerts take place on the lawn of the Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Here is the schedule:

-- Today. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
-- May 9. The Gravy Boys
-- May 16. Big Fat Gap
-- May 23. Tea Cup Gin
-- May 30. Franklin Street Band with Mick Mixon
-- June 6. The Gravy Boys
-- June 13. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
-- June 20. Big Fat Gap
-- June 27. TBD
-- July 4. Tea Cup Gin
-- July 11. Franklin Street Band with Mick Mixon
-- July 18. Big Fat Gap
-- July 25. The Morning After
-- August 1. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo
-- August 8. Big Fat Gap
-- August 15. Tea Cup Gin
-- August 22. The Morning After
-- August 29. The Gravy Boys
-- September 5. Big Fat Gap
-- September 12. The Morning After
-- September 19. The Gravy Boys
-- September 26. Big Fat Gap
-- October 3. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos

A series of free concerts at the 140 W. Franklin St. Plaza continues today with the music of John G. Franklin. All concerts in this series are from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, visit

Today. John G. Franklin
May 9. Justin Tornow and Company (site-specific movement piece)
May 16. Go Chapel Hill’s Switching Gears Bike Night with DSI Comedy Theater
May 17, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. An afternoon with the Acoustic Bandits
May 23. Gregg Gelb’s Jazz Trio
May 30. Capital Transit Jazz Ensemble
June 6. Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends
June 13. A Mad Affair, with Art Images Live and Triangle Sketchers
June 20. The Rousters.
June 21. Lo K Shun, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
June 27. Thelonious

The Hillsborough Arts Council is now offering free concerts during its Last Fridays series. All concerts take place on the lawn at the old courthouse, at North Churton and East King streets, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

May 30. Emily Earle
June 27. Boneslinger
July 25. Tornado Blues Band
August 29. The Company Band
Sept. 26. Sarah Borges, with openers Girls Guns and Glory

Weaver Street Market’s annual Thursday After Hours and Sunday Jazz Brunch return this month. The Jazz Brunch begins Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After Hours begins  Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Here are the schedules:

Jazz Brunch

Sunday. Different Drum
May 11. Justin Johnson
May 18. Onyx Club Boys
May 25. Dana & Susan Robinson
June 1.  Buckett Brothers with Giffanso & Pelli
June 8.  Magnolia Klezmer Band
June 15. Rhonda Robichaux & MASK
June 22. The Jeff Brown Quartet
June 29. The Tim Stambaugh Band

After Hours

Thursday. Craicdown
May 15. The Swang Brothers
May 22. Milagro Saints
May 29. Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands
June 5. Different Drum
June 12. Mystery Hillbillies
June 19. TBA
June 26. Mary Johnson Rockers

Music Maker Relief Foundation will present its third annual Roots and Leaves Music Series. This year’s series celebrates the music of Libba Cotton. This series will take place every Friday in June from 6 to 8 p.m. on the village green in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. For updates about artists, visit